Types of Estuaries: Links for Teachers

Estuaries 101: Observing Estuaries

In this activity, students investigate the difference in landforms between uplands and riverine/estuarine environments, and use Google Earth and other online resources in a scavenger hunt to locate and identify landforms and features associated with estuaries.

Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, Assessment, Data Sources, Inquiry Materials

Nab the Aquatic Invader

This interactive Web site explores invading aquatic plants and animals, and is presented in the style of detectives gathering evidence to "book" the criminals. An excellent teacher resource.

Features: Lesson Ideas, Online Interactivity, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment, Ask an Expert, Career Info

Estuaries: Finding the Balance

This lesson plan examines the conflict between development and the environment, and explores attempts for compromise. Students are encouraged to consider the interaction between environmental and economic demands and seek a balance between them.

Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, Assessment

Prince William's Oily Mess: A Tale of Recovery

How does an ecosystem recover from a major one-time insult such as an oil spill? Read about the Exxon Valdez oil spill's effect on Prince William Sound. Then use real data to help investigate the impact of the disaster.

Features: Lesson Ideas, Online Interactivity, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment, Data Sources, Ask an Expert, In the News, A Bit of History, Inquiry Materials

The Estuary Guide: Level 3, High School (Part A)

A curriculum guide on estuaries at the high school level. Includes background information on estuaries for teachers or for use as student reading material. It also contains hands-on activities.

Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, Inquiry Materials

Education Web Page of the Tijuana National Estuarine Research Reserve

Scroll down this page to find the "Tijuana Estuary High School Teachers' Guide", an inter-disciplinary high school curriculum designed to educate students about the Tijuana River estuary's natural and cultural resources. The curriculum was developed to align to California State Content Standards.

Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, A Bit of History

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